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Mali: junta chief receives “remaining” draft of structure

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The top of Mali’s ruling junta, Colonel Assimi Goita, obtained a draft of a brand new structure on Monday, amending a draft that was contested final fall, his workplace mentioned, with out saying when it might be put to a referendum.

This Structure is a key component of the huge reform mission invoked by the army to justify its continued rule. Its adoption can be an essential step within the timetable resulting in elections in February 2024 and a return to civilian rule.

The content material of this new draft offered as “remaining” by the Malian presidency had not been made public early Monday night.

Within the timetable drawn up by the junta, this Structure was presupposed to be submitted to a referendum on March 19. However with lower than three weeks to go, there may be rising doubt that this deadline shall be met, and the Malian presidency’s assertion is silent on the topic.

“The ultimate doc, which I’ve simply obtained right now, will undoubtedly crystallize the hopes of the whole nation for the institution of a real democracy,” mentioned Colonel Goïta, quoted within the assertion.

Colonel Goïta was among the many officers who overthrew the civilian presidency in 2020. He was invested president of a so-called transition interval following a second putsch in 2021.

The draft that was handed to him on Monday amends a draft that was disclosed in October 2022. The content material of that draft and the very relevance of a brand new structure has been questioned by quite a few political events and actors who’ve struggled to make their voices heard, nevertheless, in a context the place any organized protest has been diminished to virtually impotence.

Components of the draft “have been deleted, some merged and others reformulated,” mentioned the coordinator of the fee that finalized the draft, Fousseyni Samaké, within the presidential assertion. The assertion doesn’t specify what has been modified within the draft. The draft has 191 articles as an alternative of 195, he mentioned.

The draft significantly strengthened the powers of the president. It additionally dominated out the opportunity of a federation that might have given robust autonomy to the north of the nation, the place the independence and salafist insurgencies began in 2012, starting a deep safety and political disaster that continues right now.

The query of a attainable candidacy of the regime’s strongman stays unanswered, regardless of an preliminary dedication by the junta that the transitional president wouldn’t be allowed to run.

The present structure, relationship from 1992, is taken into account an element within the disaster within the nation, which has seen three coups since 1991 and 5 since independence.